You may be at a convention or even just a social gathering. But as a savvy business person, you know these are more than just gatherings – they are also opportunities to network. These opportunities are everywhere, and you need to be ready to take advantage of them. Here are a few tips on how to do it.
Don’t begin a conversation by simply giving your job title.
Most conversations begin by people asking each other what they do. And people invariably respond with a job title. To begin to network effectively, however, you should forego the job title in favor of some other job description that makes you stand out, one that generates a little more interest. For example, don’t just say that you work in marketing, but give some basic job duties and then talk about how those duties contribute to the overall mission of the company.
Plan what you are going to say.
Put something together in advance, so that you can explain smoothly and confidently what you do. This is a prime opportunity to make a splash with the person you are talking to, so having something ready to go will improve your chances of making a good impression. When you have a database of information that you have thought about earlier, then you can pull from that during your conversation. It doesn’t sound rehearsed, and you won’t sound nervous.
Link your job with their company.
When someone asks what you do, there is also an implied question as well. The person is also considering whether you are someone who can help him with his job. So, you need to make some link between your job and his or her job or company. You need to show how your position is connected to his and his company.
Show how you can take care of problems.
In your conversation, you should explain how you can benefit the person and his company, how you might be able to fix any complications they might have. Tell the person how you might be able to help him. Giving examples of completed tasks will provide great context to someone who might not know a lot about your company.
Move things forward.
So, you have made a good start. You have established a relationship with someone, talked about your skills and knowledge, and found some common ground with them. Now, don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. Try to get things to the next level. Tell them to call you if they would like any more information or have any problems that you might be able to tackle. If you really want to be proactive, follow up with them through e-mail or LinkedIn in a couple of days.
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